Episode 8 : Classy Korean Food

2013-05-09

I’ll admit – I’m much more of a street food / cheap eats kinda gal. But if ever you’re going to splurge [and at \60,000 per person, which is about USD$55, I really do mean *splurge*], San-dang restaurant is the place to do it. It’s a bit of a trek outside of Seoul, in a place called YangPyeong [tip: find a friend with a car], but it’s certainly worth the journey to indulge in some Korean culinary delights.

While this kind of meal is quintessential Korean food, it’s not your everyday fare, as indicated by the price tag, and the wonderful presentation. It’s called hanjeongsik, and it’s a full-course traditional meal… emphasis on full-course. The food seemed as abundant as it was attractive. In fact, I’d honestly consider it art you can eat.

I’d be lying if I said I remembered the names of anything I ate, but rest assured it was all delicious. I actually went online to look up the spot to see if I could learn any more about what I had eaten, and lo and behold, I came across a blog post by our very own Daniel Gray, host of our new corner “Daniel Gray's Korean Food Story” [you can catch up on it here: http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_kfoodstory.htm]. Here’s what Daniel had to say about San-dang on his personal blog, “Seoul Eats”: http://www.seouleats.com/2011/11/live-blog-sandang-restaurant/

Hope you enjoyed this little snippet of my Korean culinary adventure! Until next time!

About Hardie R.O.K. Café Hardie ROK Café is anchor/editor Lauren Hardie’s video blog. It is, of course, a play on words – a mix of Lauren’s name, South Korea’s acronym [Republic of Korea is the country’s official name, although it’s used less often], and the ubiquitous Hard Rock Café. It’s where you can see some highlights from Lauren’s adventures in the ROK.

About Lauren Hardie Lauren Hardie has worked as a videographer in South Florida, an entertainment TV producer in Jamaica, and TV news reporter in a small market in Minnesota.
She moved to Korea in December 2012 to work with KBS World Radio’s English Service. She edits scripts, anchors the 5pm news, and co-hosts Seoul Calling with Mark Broome, and Worldwide Friendship with Sophia Hong. You can listen to Lauren on KBS by streaming audio here [http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/ -- click on “Listen Audio”], or downloading the podcasts here [http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/about/about_podcasts.htm].
You can also follow Lauren on Twitter @HardieROKCafe, subscribe to her YouTube channel @HardieROKCafe, or leave her a message on the KBS World Radio English Service Facebook page at Facebook.com/EnglishKBS.

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